Now, I'm not telling all of us to start magic markering all of our plates. But it just lead me to think of how difficult we all think weight loss is. But really, it can, and should be, so simple. Now, a lot of times that I go into the kitchen or order food out, I think so much more about vegetables. I'm generally not nearly close enough to half a plate full, but I can't believe how many meals I go through without one bite of a real vegetable! It's crazy. When all I have to do is open up a can of green beans, or microwave some frozen spinach, and add it to my meal. Not only am I adding tons of nutrients.. but it also allows me to eat less of the full-fat food and still feel just as full.
It's also lead me to other things.. instead of doing a full out diet with tons of restrictions.. why don't we all try to suggest smaller things you can do everyday? Like, I haven't bought butter in months. Instead, I use that spray stuff (You know, Fabio's I can't believe it's not butter? Well it's in a SPRAY form now) and not only is it absolutely DELICIOUS, but it has zeros all down the nutrition facts label.
I've also tried to stop choosing creamy things. No more clam chowder or alfredo sauces. I love soup, so when Progresso went on sale, I bought like a dozen cans of their vegetable soup and a lot of their soups that have 100 calories or less per serving. I love love love pasta, so instead of doing that no-carb thing.. instead, I love whole wheat pasta with marinara sauce and then some veggies or a salad with it. I also much prefer fish to red meat, and I used to forget how much healthier it was. Now, I try and eat seafood a lot, and I haven't really eaten much red meat lately. Another thing I've always loved was NOT cooking. Haha, like my kind of comfort food is Spaghettios, which I would make when I didn't feel like cooking. Now, instead of a bowl of six hundred calories.. I'll pop in a Lean Cuisine, with generally less than half the calories and fat of a can of Spaghettios. The vast majority of healthy frozen entrees (I recommend Lean Cuisine or Smart Ones, the red box that has something to do with Weight Watchers) almost always come with a good amount of veggies too.
Now.. I may not be ready to get a size 6 (or hell, even a size 10 probably) by summertime.. it makes me excited to wonder how these smaller changes will help me throughout the whole year.
If you've gotten this far! :o) haha, what kinds of tips do YOU have to share?? Things that we can all try on a daily basis. I'd love to hear them!